Prince Philip’s views on Oprah interview ‘were clear’ says insider
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Gyles Brandreth told Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey would have been painful for Prince Philip. Mr Brandreth added that the Duke of Edinburgh clearly advised all his children not to do TV interviews that did not discuss their work for the Royal Family.
Mr Vine said: “Let me ask you about Prince Philip’s reaction, if there was any, to that [Oprah] interview?
“It would have been so painful I am imagining for him.”
Mr Brandreth replied: “Prince Philip’s views were very clear on this, he advised his children not to appear on television to talk about themselves.
“I discussed this with him years ago in relation to the 1990s and those interviews that Princess Diana and Prince Charles gave at the time their marriage was in difficulties.
“He said simply that it is madness and no good ever comes of these TV interviews.
“He was the first person himself to give a TV interview in the 1950s but as he said always talk about your work never about what you are doing.”
Earlier this month, a royal biographer told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that Meghan Markle launched a global profile by “trashing” the Royal Family during her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Tom Bower stated that the Duchess of Sussex is now known worldwide as a result of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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The biographer added that Meghan Markle has taken the first step towards a successful political career in the US but at the expense of the Royal Family.
Mr Bower said: “She has got the right basis for it because she is ambitious and has a lot to say.
“I think her problem, first of all, is her sensitivity to criticism among other things.
“In the end, I think what she has managed to do with the Oprah Winfrey interview which trashed the Royal Family [is give herself] a global profile.
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“She is now known across the world at the expense of the Royal Family.
“That is the first step to a political career and she has done that very successfully.”
He added: “She will have to build a team, she will have to get policies on China, trade, immigration, the economy and all the rest of it.
“But she is able to do that, she has got the money she has got presences, she is in the right place to do it in California.”
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